This is a space for the bits, the little things, the experiments, and the ideas that I want to document and share!
Jul 28, 2023
In the days of photoshop as a design tool, pre-baking text in images to enable custom fonts, and a lack of core CSS styling properties like
border-radius, there were so many hacky workarounds that we had to employ!
But of all the things that CSS did provide,
border-imagewas the one that always felt like magic. Nine-slice assets, being able to create faux shadows or visually complicated borders was a fun and unexpected capability when the newness of building websites was the limiting factor in our ability to be visually expressive.
But for many reasons, this tool has taken a back seat in our current cultural climate as web developers and designers. Having an opportunity to use it recently on my home page (alongside more modern niceties of CSS Grid and SVG) felt like a throwback, a little bit of magic lost to the wills of time.